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Retailer Sells Bloody Kent State Sweatshirt

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 15th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Retailer Sells Bloody Kent State Sweatshirt
A sweatshirt being sold by Urban Outfitters featuring fake blood stains and tattered edges with the logo of Kent State University, where four students were killed in a 1970 incident that shocked America, is “beyond poor taste and trivializes a loss of life,” university officials said Monday. The $129 vintage Kent State University sweatshirt is “washed soft and perfectly broken in,” the clothier’s website boasts, offering a loose, “slouchy” fit for those seeking gruesome reminders to the campus killings that rocked the nation, leaving nine others wounded. “We take great offense to a company using our pain for their publicity and profit,” university officials said in a statement to FoxNews.com. “This item is beyond poor taste and trivializes a loss of life that still hurts the Kent State community today.”

British Muslims: ‘Islamic State’ is a Slur to Our Faith
The British prime minister and media should stop legitimizing the terror group rampaging through Syria and Iraq by describing it as Islamic State, according to a coalition of imams and organizations representing British muslims. Six senior Islamic scholars endorsed the fatwa last month, describing Britons allied to Islamic State (ISIS) cells as “heretics” and prohibiting would-be jihadists from joining the “oppressive and tyrannical” group in Iraq and Syria. It is feared that as many as 500 Britons have traveled to Syria or Iraq since 2011 to join the group and its affiliates. In a letter seen by the Observer, the signatories add: “We believe that it would send a powerful message in Britain and around the world if you would join us, as our prime minister, in leading a national debate to seek a suitable alternative way to refer to this group and further challenge its legitimacy and influence.


Judge: Lawsuit in Petraeus scandal can proceed

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 15th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Judge: Lawsuit in Petraeus scandal can proceed
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge says a Tampa, Florida, woman can pursue her lawsuit alleging that the government invaded her privacy in the scandal over former CIA director David Petraeus.

Foles leads Eagles to 30-27 win against Colts
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — With Nick Foles at quarterback and LeSean McCoy and Darren Sproles in the backfield, the Philadelphia Eagles are never out of the game.

Profile of gunman who ambushed troopers released
The killer had a grudge against the Pennsylvania State Police, regularly visited a local shooting range to keep his skills sharp, and picked just the right hiding spot from which he could launch an ambush and make his escape.


Obama awards Medal of Honor to Vietnam veteran

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 15th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Obama awards Medal of Honor to Vietnam veteran
The president awards he nation’s highest military decoration to former Army Command Sergeant Major Bennie Adkins.

Hillary Clinton rallies Iowa Democrats at Harkin Steak Fry
Clinton praised President Obama and rallied Democrats to turn out for the 2014 midterms during her first public event in Iowa since the 2008 presidential campaign.

Obama awards Medals of Honor to soldiers who served in Vietnam
Two soldiers are awarded the nation’s highest military decoration for showing bravery during the Vietnam War


Special Report Promotes Benghazi Conspiracy Theory Accusing Clinton State Department Of Hiding Documents

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 15th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Special Report Promotes Benghazi Conspiracy Theory Accusing Clinton State Department Of Hiding Documents

From the September 15 edition of Fox News’ Special Report with Bret Baier:

Previously:

“Scrubbed” Benghazi Docs “Bombshell” Is Based On Evidence-Free Report By Discredited Benghazi Hoax Architect

Sharyl Attkisson Goes On The Record To Accuse White House Of Failing To Send Help During Benghazi Attacks

Sharyl Attkisson Writes The Talking Points For Fox’s Latest Empty Benghazi Attack


Dems’ Coalition Showing Signs of Strain

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 15th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Dems’ Coalition Showing Signs of Strain
Salena Zito, RealClearPolitics
After winning the presidency, Andrew Jackson sent a message to Congress suggesting that the office be extended to six years but limited to one term. His message caused wild speculation that the first “people’s president” would not seek a second term. That led to a dramatic Jackson proclamation, in a letter to Pennsylvania Democrats, that the “call of the people” trumped his “personal inclination” and he could “not refuse to serve them.” The truth is, he was never not going to run. Jackson may have been the first Democrat to be elected as…

Obama’s Unnecessary, Unpromising War
Steve Chapman, RealClearPolitics
President Barack Obama said Wednesday night the United States is going to war “to degrade and ultimately destroy” the group known as the Islamic State. So right off you know one thing we will not do: destroy it. The only thing more reliable than the habit of American presidents of starting wars is the inability of wartime presidents to achieve their goals. President George W. Bush went into Afghanistan pledging to wipe out al-Qaida and the Taliban. He invaded Iraq to eliminate Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction, while promising that the creation of “free Iraq” would be “a watershed…

Leading From Behind the Curve
Michael Gerson, RealClearPolitics
WASHINGTON — The nation of Liberia — founded by liberated American slaves with support from Henry Clay, Daniel Webster and James Monroe — is not unacquainted with suffering. Two civil wars in the period from 1989 to 2003 and decades of economic mismanagement caused an 80 percent decline in per capita GDP — perhaps worse than any country since World War II. Warlords reduced Liberia’s infrastructure to rubble. In the 15 years following 1991, there was no electricity in the country except for private generators. When I last visited in 2012, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (Africa’s first…

Health Care Law Is Obama’s Gift to Republicans for 2016
Scott Rasmussen, RealClearPolitics
President Obama’s health care law is the gift that keeps on giving to the GOP. In 2010, of course, passage of the law powered the Republican gains of 62 seats in the House of Representatives and pickups of more than 700 state legislative seats across the nation. The law didn’t go into effect in time to hurt the president’s re-election bid in 2012, but it is making life extremely difficult for the president’s party in 2014. Cautious beltway pundit Stuart Rothenberg recently announced that he is “expecting a sizable Republican Senate wave” this year. He…


‘No’ campaigners hold London rally

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 15th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

‘No’ campaigners hold London rally
Pro-union supporters and celebrity campaigners take part in a rally in London aimed at persuading Scotland’s voters to reject independence.

Man admits attacking George Galloway
A man admits beating MP George Galloway in a west London street but denied his attack was religiously aggravated.


50 days left until midterms, and Republicans keep troops in line

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 15th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

50 days left until midterms, and Republicans keep troops in line
Even relative hardliners say they will keep the big picture in mind.

World Briefing: Afghanistan: Bomb Explodes in Kabul Outside Gates of U.S. Military Base

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 15th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

World Briefing: Afghanistan: Bomb Explodes in Kabul Outside Gates of U.S. Military Base
A large blast was felt throughout central Kabul in the middle of the morning rush hour Tuesday when a bomb was set off in front of the gates of an American military base.






Many Questions Arise From Scottish Independence Vote
The referendum itself contains only one question, but it gives rise to many others: What is at stake? What would become of the Union Jack? What would a disunited kingdom be called?






ISIS Draws a Steady Stream of Recruits From Turkey
A neighborhood in the tourist district of the capital, Ankara, has become a hub for wooing new members of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, even as the group holds Turkish hostages.






Kerry Says U.S. Is Open to Talking to Iran, Even as Ayatollah Is Dismissive
Secretary of State John Kerry spoke at a Paris conference on the Iraqi security crisis, as Iran’s supreme leader said the American plan for bombing ISIS was absurd.







Why Planned Parenthood Now Lets Women Order Their Birth Control Online

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 15th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Why Planned Parenthood Now Lets Women Order Their Birth Control Online

A pilot program that just launched in Minnesota and Washington could signal the future of reproductive health services.

The post Why Planned Parenthood Now Lets Women Order Their Birth Control Online appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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CREDIT: Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood is rolling out a pilot program in Minnesota and Washington that allows women to consult with a health professional online. After having a video consultation, they’ll be able to order birth control that discreetly shows up in an unmarked package at their home.

The new program, called “Planned Parenthood Care,” simply requires women to download a smartphone app or register for an online account. According to the women’s health organization, consultations should last just 15 minutes and cost $45. The whole idea is to give women a more convenient option to access the hormonal contraceptive of their choice, whether it’s the pill, patch, or ring.

“Our patients are between the ages of roughly 18 and 29, so they are millennials, and they are used to being on [the] cutting edge of technology adaptation,” Sarah Stoesz, the president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota, told the Minnesota Star Tribune. “Planned Parenthood is not their mother’s Planned Parenthood. We have really evolved.”

Right now, since women need to visit a doctor’s office in person to obtain a prescription for birth control, they can end up in a tight spot if they can’t get an appointment in time, especially if they live in a rural area. Stoesz told the Tribune that the first woman to take advantage of Planned Parenthood Care ran out of birth control pills and couldn’t see her regular physician soon enough; fortunately, she discovered this new option online. The program’s site points out that it’s “easy and convenient” and “fits into your schedule.”

“So many people struggle to balance work, family, school, and taking care of their health. Whether it’s difficulty in getting an appointment, the distance to a health center, or a busy work schedule — Planned Parenthood knows that the more access patients have to a provider, the more they can get the preventive care they need, when they need it,” Jill Balderson, Planned Parenthood’s vice president of Health Care Innovation, told ThinkProgress via email.

Reproductive health experts have long advocated for removing the birth control prescription requirement to make it easier for women to pick it up. Although oral contraceptives are the most popular form of birth control, many women don’t take their pills as directed because of the inconvenience of needing to make a trip to the doctor whenever they run out. Nearly two thirds of U.S. women say they wish they could buy the pill over the counter.

It seems like there’s political momentum for making that policy change — an increasing number of Republican candidates have been coming out in favor of over-the-counter birth control — but in the meantime, Planned Parenthood wants to help expand women’s access to the health services they need. Although the program currently doesn’t accept insurance, the women’s health group says it’s in talks with insurers to work out a way to make sure patients can use their coverage to pay for the video consultation.

The pilot program is currently focusing on birth control consultations, but will start including online STD counseling next month. Then, treatments for chlamydia and gonorrhea will also be able to be shipped to patients’ doors.

“We’ve gotten great feedback about the program, including requests to expand to other states as quickly as possible,” Balderson said.

Although online health services are becoming increasingly popular, they often run into controversy when it comes to women’s gender-specific health care. Planned Parenthood has also pioneered telemedicine abortion — a method of allowing a doctor to prescribe the abortion pill over video chat for women who live too far away from the nearest clinic — but GOP lawmakers have moved to outlaw it, claiming it’s safer to take the pill in a doctor’s office and they simply want to protect women’s health. It remains to be seen whether Republican politicians will make a similar case against online birth control.

Update

This post has been updated to include additional comments from Planned Parenthood.

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Rand Paul Changes Views On Foreign Policy Ahead Of Possible 2016 Bid

Rand Paul says he’ll support war in Syria and Iraq.

The post Rand Paul Changes Views On Foreign Policy Ahead Of Possible 2016 Bid appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY).

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY).

CREDIT: AP Photo / Charlie Neibergall

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), who led last year’s opposition in Congress to taking military action against President Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons, assured Fox News on Monday that he would vote in favor of war against the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) if President Obama brings the question to Congress. “I’m like many Americans I’m very affected and somewhat emotional about the fact that they’re killing our journalists,” Paul said. He added that he would support Congressional authorization for military action but “would try to sunset the provision” after one year.

The remarks underscore the evolution of a politician who critics have described as “isolationist” just a year ago, to one who supports a more muscular foreign policy as he considers a potential presidential bid.

In September of 2013, when Obama announced that he would seek Congressional authorization to surgically strike stockpiles of Syrian chemical weapons, Paul wrote his Congressional colleagues and publicly raised strong concerns about the effectiveness of conducting air campaigns in the region. “I think the war may escalate out of control and then we have to ask ourselves who is on America’s side over there,” Paul said immediately after Obama announced he would hold a Congressional vote on the matter. “If the rebels win, will they be America’s ally?”

And although the threat from Iraq and Syria to U.S. interests has increased as ISIS fighters are taking over the large swaths of land, Paul’s fundamental concerns about whether American military involvement can reduce that threat or further destabilize the region, remain unanswered. Though the first term senator insisted on a thorough Congressional debate surrounding the use of force in 2013, he is now ready to commit to a much larger and sustained military effort without the Congressional oversight he previously championed.

“The problem with foreign policy is that most people thinks the debate begins and ends when they say, ‘our national security is threatened.’ Well, that’s the conclusion; that’s not a debate,” Paul said at an event sponsored by the Charles Koch Institute held at the Library of Congress in early September of 2013. “That’s the beginning of the debate.”

He raised alarm about the dangers of picking allies in the ongoing Syria struggling, saying “we’re not quite clear who are the good guys and who are the bad guys or which of the bad guys are the worst of the bad guys.” In an op-ed, Paul asked a series of pointed questions that the administration has yet to answer:

Are the Islamic rebels our allies? Will they defend American interests? Will they acknowledge Israel’s right to exist? Will they impose Shari‘a? Will they tolerate Christians, or will they pillage and destroy ancient Christian churches and people?

The President and his Administration have not provided good answers to any of these questions. Those who seek military action have an obligation to publicly address these concerns before dragging our soldiers into another Middle Eastern war. Shooting first and aiming later has not worked for us in the past, and it should not be our game plan now.

As the United States prepares to expand its air strikes into Syria and begin training Syrian opposition forces, many regional analysts continue to raise similar concerns. They point out that the diverse group of opposition leaders who are “driven by infighting” have no unified leadership and form alliances with the more effective “hard-line Islamists.” Obama himself has previously derided the moderate opposition forces as “former doctors, farmers, pharmacists and so forth” and military officials have noted that the Iraqi security forces are not yet prepared to take on ISIS. It’s also unclear whether air strikes against ISIS will aid or, as the administration hopes, hurt the Assad regime, who would come into power if it falls from the increasing instability, or how such leaders would treat the state of Israel — a top Paul concern.

“I think the first 10,000 soldiers marching into battle need to be from Iraq, live in Iraq and need to be fighting for their homeland. The second 10,000 need to be from Saudi Arabia,” Paul said on Monday in explaining his support for the president’s plan. Secretary of State John Kerry has been traveling in the region to convince American allies to join the U.S. fight against ISIS, but has yet to announce firm commitments of military assistance from Middle Eastern countries. During an appearance on Face the Nation on Sunday, he temporarily ruled out the very international boots-on-the-ground presence that Paul supports.

“We’re not looking to put troops on the ground,” Kerry said. “There are some [countries] who have offered to do so, but we are not looking for that at this moment anyway.”

Last month, Paul told NBC’s Meet The Press that Americans are “tired of war” and “worried that Hillary Clinton will get us involved in another Middle Eastern war, because she’s so gung-ho.” Distancing himself from interventionist Democrats and Republicans, Paul predicted, “If you wanna see a transformational election in our country, let the Democrats put forward a war hawk like Hillary Clinton, and you’ll see a transformation like you’ve never seen.” But with the public growing wary of the ISIS threat and almost unanimous Congressional support for action, Paul is ready to abandon his principled concerns and vote for American involvement overseas. If he does, it could make the 2016 presidential election far less divisive.

The post Rand Paul Changes Views On Foreign Policy Ahead Of Possible 2016 Bid appeared first on ThinkProgress.


Why Does the Most Effective Birth Control Cost an Entire Month’s Wages?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 15th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Why Does the Most Effective Birth Control Cost an Entire Month’s Wages?
From: Michelle Chen

Long-acting reversible contraceptives could revolutionize reproductive healthcare—if only politicians would get out of the way.

The Solution to War That Obama Doesn’t Want to Hear
From: Nation in the News

If President Obama denounces military action, why is he preparing for another war in Iraq and Syria?

In Two Words, Hillary Clinton Just Revealed What’s Wrong With Her 2016 Candidacy
From: Leslie Savan

Her performance in Iowa this weekend revealed a surprising lack of self-awareness. Plus, it was annoying.